Entries Tagged 'Desserts'

Fall Fest: Sour Cream Pear Cake with Pecan Streusel

Sour Cream Pear Cake with Pecan Streusel

Welcome back to Fall Fest!  I missed pumpkin party last week, but I really think this simple and delicious pear cake will make up for it.  This rich and spicy cake is filled with fresh pear chunks and topped with a buttery, crunchy pecan streusel. Continue reading →

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Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk

Sometimes you just have to bake cookies.

It’s been a busy summer.  I’m going through some pretty serious life changes – stressful life changes.  But as we all know, life never slows down to let us deal with tough situations.  The world doesn’t stop spinning just because you need a break.  So sometimes, in the middle of everything, you’re the one that has to stop.  Yesterday, in the middle of an afternoon filled with a million other things I was supposed to be doing, that’s just what I did. Continue reading →

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Food Blog Friday: Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake

Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake with Fresh Raspberries

It’s Food Blog Friday and here I am writing about yet another lemon-infused recipe.  I can’t help it.  I love lemon.  I love this Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake.  And I love Baking Bites, today’s featured food blog.

Nicole Weston has been writing Baking Bites since 2004 – way before I knew anything about food or baking blogs.  She updates the blog almost daily with recipes, baking tips, product reviews, recommendations, and what she calls “bites from other blogs” – links to interesting recipes and ideas from other blogs.  I just ordered a new ice cream scoop based on Nicole’s recent review of her Zyliss scoop. I love learning about great products from other bloggers!

I’ve been reading Baking Bites since I first discovered food blogs and I’ve tried several recipes over the years.  They’ve all been great!  When I was craving lemon cake this week, I knew I could trust Nicole’s Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake even though I had never made it before.  I was right to trust the recipe.  This cake was perfect. Continue reading →

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Food Blog Friday: Coconut Cupcakes from Simply Recipes

Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m thrilled to return to Food Blog Friday this week with these amazing Coconut Cupcakes from Simply Recipes. When I needed to make coconut cupcakes for a friend’s bridal shower, I knew exactly which recipe to use.  I’ve made these a few times before, and they’ve always turned out perfect – this time was no exception. Continue reading →

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Blackberry Lemon Crisp

Blackberry Lemon Crisp

By mid-week I had managed to eat all of the beautiful heirloom tomatoes and sweet nectarines I bought at the farmer’s market on Saturday, but I found myself left with a pint of flavorful but not-as-sweet-as-I-would-have-liked blackberries.  I didn’t want them to go to waste, but I didn’t really want to eat them.  I finally decided that all they really needed was a sweet, buttery, crumbly topping.

Wouldn’t it be great if all problems could be solved with sweet, buttery crumbs? Continue reading →

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Recipe Idea: Chocolate Cake with Tart Cherries

Chocolate Cake with Sour Cherries

Fresh tart cherries are a lot harder to find on the west coast than in some other parts of the country.  We have tons of sweet cherries available, and while I love sweet cherries, I’m always on the lookout for the tarts.  Also known as sour or pie cherries, these beautiful bright red gems are mainly used for cooking and baking.  When mixed with a bit of sugar, they have an extraordinary flavor that outshines all the sweet cherries I’ve encountered. Continue reading →

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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Since I’m still seeing tons of nice strawberries around, I decided to pull my favorite strawberry shortcake recipe up out of the archives.  This was originally posted back in May of 2007 when I was still living in Sicily.

The strawberry shortcake I grew up eating was always assembled using those little yellow sponge cake cups that can be found right next to the strawberries in almost any grocery store in the country.  As a child, I thought those little prepackaged treats were wonderful topped with strawberries and freshly whipped cream. But after tasting homemade strawberry shortcake for the first time several years ago, I walked away from those little yellow cakes and never looked back. Continue reading →

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Fresh Fig and Banana Milkshake

Fresh Fig and Banana Milkshake

This was a simple but lovely treat on an extremely hot summer afternoon.  I had been snacking away on my first figs of the season when I remembered the bag of frozen bananas in the freezer.  Combined with whole milk, fresh figs, and a touch of local honey, I had a feeling that one of those bananas would turn into a unique and delicious shake.  I was right. Continue reading →

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